Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 19th of October

Aviationfly – Pilot Training Industry – Market Intelligence – Week 19th of October

Every Monday Aviationfly releases the latest Marketplace Request for Proposals, Supplier Directory updates and Aviation Industry news headlines from the previous week. Here is a recap of last week (we are temporarily not publishing Marketplace or Supplier Directory or Marketplace as we are updating the system):

Aviation Industry News:

  • Aviationfly is expanding its global coverage of Pilot Training Organizations
    We are updating our website and database and want to support the pilot training community by providing more visibility to pilot training organization around the globe (free of charge)! If you are a Pilot Training Organization or know someone working in a pilot training organization that would be interested in more visibility kindly reach out to us! We will then get in touch with you and create your profile to drive more visibility to our organization and social media platforms.
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  • One of the leading Flight Schools in Saudi Arabia - Rabigh Wings to reopen with improvements to virtual capabilities!
    Captain Willem Marais, general manager of Rabigh Wings Aviation Academy (RWAA), said: “Like all aviation, we were brought to halt on March 20. No training was possible whatsoever. “We have used the time to prepare lots of improvements in our virtual flight-training capabilities and will present them to the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) for approval soon. RWAA was Saudi Arabia’s first aviation academy, set up to train new pilots from private to professional. Last year it started on a major upgrade to its fleet, accepting delivery of a second Tecnam P2006T twin-engine trainer. “We firmly believe that with a Tecnam fleet we can reduce training costs dramatically and our aim is to complete a 240-hour multi-engine commercial pilot’s licence (ME-CPL) in 14-16 months, which is in line with the worldwide market,” said Marais.
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  • OxfordSaudia Flight Academy to install Airbus A320 7000XR full-flight simulator (FFS) and one Airbus A320 600XR flight training device (FTD) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia!
    OxfordSaudia Flight Academy is proud to announce the manufacturing of its Airbus A320 7000XR full-flight simulator (FFS) and one Airbus A320 600XR flight training device (FTD) for The Saudi National Company of Aviation is one month from delivery readiness. These devices will be installed in a new OxfordSaudia Flight Academy Facility in the Capitol City of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The FTD and FFS will be delivered at OxfordSaudia Flight Academy’s training facility in the capital city of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the second half of 2021.
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  • Another new Full Flight Simulator Manufacturer in China - Juneyao Group!
    China’s first domestically developed flight simulator was unveiled in Shanghai on Friday breaking the monopoly of foreign manufacturers and meeting the nation’s rising demand for pilot training. Two A320 NEO/CEO simulators, developed by China Simulation Sciences owned by Juneyao Group, were delivered to Juneyao Airlines. They will be put into use with the Shanghai-based carrier immediately. The simulator was certificated by the Civil Aviation Administration of China on September 29 as D-level, or the top-level flight simulator, which can meet all the latest international training requirements.
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  • One of the leading Pilot Training Academies in Saudi Arabia, OxfordSaudia signs MoU with Ethiopian Airlines Group for Collaboration in Aviation Training!
    The agreement is aimed at exploring areas of cooperation in pilot training and other Aviation fields like Aircraft Maintenance, Cabin Crew, Commercial, Ground Operations, and Dispatch.
    With OxfordSaudia's current capabilities and training technologies, the OxfordSaudia Flight Academy aims to assist Ethiopian Airlines with its growing pilot needs in excess of its current capacity.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • BAA Training Vietnam is the first ATO in Vietnam to acquire Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) certification!
    This continues its expansion in aviation training capacity and training range after the company’s first year of successful operations in the market! Until 2021, the pilots of the Vietnamese airlines are required to undergo Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT), introduced by the ICAO, and being implemented by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV).
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Flight Schools in Canada can again accept international students if they meet certain requirements!
    Select Aviation has been added to the list of educational institutions authorized to accept international students. As of October 20, 2020, Canadian learning institutions whose COVID-19 readiness plans have been approved by their provincial or territorial government will physically admit international students back to their schools. Flight School owners/management teams if you are interested to learn more about the plans that Select Aviation has in place which has allowed them to get government approval Patrick Richardson has kindly offered to share his knowledge. The best news is that now a large pipeline of students from around the world can travel to Canada to start their training!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • OSM Aviation launches CrewAssist, an online community for pilots, cabin crew, technicians, and aspiring pilots – aimed at supporting aviation professionals with staying relevant, sharp and ready for the upturn!
    The online-based platform features news updates, relevant articles, career advice, video tutorials, insurance offers, individual coaching services, mental health support, and guidance needed to stay relevant and proficient. All new members will be given a Premium membership for the remainder of 2020, giving them access to a wide range of resources, discounts, and benefits on offer!
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  • Seeing Machines signs new pilot training tech deal with L3Harris!
    The memorandum framed the intent to enter into a global non-exclusive licence agreement, to collaborate to enhance pilot training technology with the company's dedicated precision eye-tracking system for flight crew training in the full flight simulator (FFS) environment. It said the two companies would work together to implement the technology into simulators at L3Harris' training centres, and offer the integrated solution to L3Harris' customers into existing and future simulators. Seeing Machines said it would collaborate on the design and integration of flight training customer solutions, and L3Harris would look to optimise the visualisation and analytic capability, to create the “optimum solution” for enhanced flight training. Based on Seeing Machines' precision eye tracking capability, the system would help to advance flight simulator training by enabling instructors to better understand pilot behaviour, decision-making patterns, scanning patterns, and attention levels in real time and also recorded for debrief.
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  • Emirates rejects the new norm, sees robust recovery!
    Predictions for when airlines might recover to something near 2019 levels are currently at around 2024. Many industry experts predict business travel won’t come back to the pre-pandemic levels, with estimates of it remaining down from between 10% and 15% in the long term. Enter Tim Clark, president of Emirates, who offers a contrarian view to what is otherwise a gloomy outlook. The company resumed its A380 onboard shower and bar facilities in recent days, which Clark acknowledges is part the strategy to keep the brand front of mind. Speaking at a CAPA Live event earlier this week, he says he’s not a believer in the “new norm”, adding: “My belief is that demand will return in a very robust manner particularly as it has been so suppressed in the last ten months and likely to be suppressed for at least another six to nine months.
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  • Industry call from MPS in regards to the Boeing 737 MAX Draft Flight Standardization Board Report which is open for comments!
    The FAA recently released the draft report for the RTS of the 737 MAX - this is currently open for comments until Nov. 2nd! Why should this matter to you? In short, the report was not created following the specific guidance of both the FAA AC 120-53B and for example EASA CS-FCD. It proposes a strange combination of training in a B737 NG and Boeing 737 MAX FFS which would all but eliminate the option for airlines and professional pilot training organizations to re-certify pilots on high quality FAA level 5 or 6 FTDs (EASA FTD 1 or FTD 2 equivalent) devices which are not only extremely capable of meeting and exceeding all training qualifications but also replicate the real flight deck of the MAX. The proposal unnecessarily increases costs on an already hurting industry, as FFS devices are much more expensive than FTDs such as the MPS MAX FTD, and travel is often required to train in an FFS.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • China’s largest carrier is back buying aircraft as Southern Airlines sells bonds to fund its order of Airbus’ narrow-body jets
    China Southern Airlines, operator of the country’s biggest aircraft fleet, is back in the market buying new planes and engines, resuming its expansion mode after putting six months of an air travel slump behind it. China Southern will buy nine A321neo and two A319neo planes from Airbus, using them to augment the 24 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft grounded since 2019!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Airlines working with WHO on testing system to replace quarantine!
    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is working to set up a testing system that will replace compulsory quarantine to help revive the airline industry that's been decimated by the coronavirus outbreak. IATA, which represents about 290 airlines globally, is working with the International Civil Aviation Organization and the World Health Organisation to put in place scalable, affordable and fast testing systems, Conrad Clifford, IATA's regional vice-president for Asia Pacific, said. Mr Clifford said ideally, Covid-19 tests should cost less than US$10 (S$13.60).
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Jet Airways will take to the Indian skies again!
    The lenders of Jet Airways (India) Ltd on Saturday approved the resolution plan submitted by UK-based Kalrock Capital and UAE-based entrepreneur Murari Lal Jalan to revive and operate the airline over a year after the carrier was grounded due to acute funds crunch!
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Jet Airways lost, FSTC's Sanjay Mandavia on course to launch his own new airline!
    Pilot-turned-airline owner and his partner Biraja Jena, who heads UAE-based fund Imperial Capital, say they are on course to launch FlyBig which has secured 16 routes under Phase-4 of UDAN. FSTC is the leading independent pilot simulator training center in India.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • New Airline in Vietnam - Vietravel Airlines cleared to take off in December!
    Leading tour company Vietravel has received the license for its airline and will operate its first flight in December. If things go to plan Vietravel Airlines would start flying on December 18 instead of 2021 as originally planned, Nguyen Quoc Ky, chairman and founder of the company, said at an aviation business forum organized by Forbes Vietnam on Thursday. The decision came as the Covid-19 pandemic forced the company to change its strategy and "wholly" focus on the domestic market, he said. Vietravel expects to get delivery of three aircraft in the first year, and five more by the fifth year.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Australian airline Qantas is expected to finalise an exit from Pacific Airlines, its joint venture with Vietnam Airlines, in a “giveaway deal” by the end of this month, according to Vietnamese media reports.
    Qantas holds a 30% stake in the JV.
    Source and discussion through this link.
  • Ryanair aims to fly Boeing 737MAX from 'early next year'
    Eddie Wilson, chief executive of the main operating division, Ryanair DAC, made the prediction as American Airlines revealed plans to start flying the plane between New York and Miami. “It gives us lower operating costs. In the environment we’re in now, the Max will not only be welcomed by Ryanair, it’ll be welcomed by our crews as well.” The 737 Max is more fuel efficient and less environmentally harmful than earlier models of the aircraft.
    Source and discussion through this link.

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